I favor applique. There's a technique I've been using that doesn't have the satin-stitch edges, if that's something holding you back: cut out a piece of fusible web in the shape you want (reversed) and iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric you're using. Clip along the edges with about a 1/2-inch allowance. Fold the edges over and iron, then use a hem stitch to attach the piece to your base garment.
A piece with lots of corners can be a pain. I've had good luck just folding and tucking and snipping if it needs it. The cut-iron-cut-iron process takes a little time but it's still worlds faster than embroidery and looks smooth and fancy. Satin stitch over the appliqued piece to emphasize the leaf-veins would look great.
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Last edited by Mangochutney : 07-28-2011 at 03:31 PM.